The royal-to-be was active in Greek life while enrolled at Northwestern University.

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We’ve been swooning over the royal engagement news since it broke—how about you? From interviews with the happy couple to photographs of the stunning ring (and oh-so elegant nail polish), we’re loving getting to know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and sharing in their celebrations.

One piece of information we’ve learned about Markle brings her even closer to our Southern hearts. Thanks to her appreciation for handwritten notes and classic styles, we’ve long known her taste was impeccable, but now we know her choice of extracurriculars has always been top-notch too. While a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois—she studied theatre and international relations—Markle joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, making her a member of the Greek community many Southerners know and love.

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Markle’s sorority recently released her 2000-2001 sophomore sorority portrait (aka: the composite photo) in celebration of her impending nuptials and as a nostalgic look back on her time at the university. Shared by the Chicago Sun-Times, the snapshot showcases an early example of Markle’s timeless style, as she’s wearing a simple black turtleneck and a lipcolor we'd all like to add to our makeup collections.

Southerners know their letters—they also know that once you go Greek, you’re a brother or sister for life. Southern Kappas will no doubt be over the moon to learn about Markle’s sorority ties. Due to her impressive acting career, passion for public service, and humanitarian work as a World Vision Global Ambassador and UN women’s advocate, we think the royal-to-be has been, and continues to be a point of pride for the entire Greek community.

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Are you a Kappa Kappa Gamma or a member of the wider Greek community? We can’t wait to learn even more about the happy couple—and hopefully see more throwback photos—in the weeks and months to come.

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